The January 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly has the first images of Catching Fire, including Sam Claflin as new character Finnick Odair. Okay, I don't know about you, but I'm officially excited.
Reports are coming out that the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's Divergent is getting closer to having a male lead cast in the role of Tobias. Alex Pettyfer, Lucas Till and Jeremy Irvine are testing for the role.
I just recently finished reading the second in Mike Mullin's Ashfall series, set in a post-apocalyptic Iowa and Illinois after the cataclysmic eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Ashen Winter begins in Illinois where our protagonist, 16-year-old Alex, and his girlfriend Darla are living with Alex's uncle and his family, working almost nonstop to survive in a cold world without sunshine. It's been six months since the volcano coated the world with think layers of ash, and Alex decides he can wait no longer for his parents to return from their trip to find him. So he and Darla set off into a world that is even harsher and scarier than the one they'd crossed getting to the farm in Illinois. While some people are pulling together for mutual benefit, let's just say there are others that are succumbing to their baser animal instincts to survive in a world with dwindling resources.
Their trip is filled with danger every moment, everything from possibly freezing or starving to death to the danger that comes from their fellow man. But Alex and Darla aren't the average teenagers they were before the eruption, and they will need to pull on everything they've learned to not only find Alex's parents but to simply survive in a world where it's so much easier to die.
Mullin is still in the process of writing the final book in the trilogy, but it is tentatively titled Sunrise. It sounds more hopeful in title alone, so hopefully Alex, Darla and Alex's family will find a new beginning in the final installment. I guess we'll just have to wait to find out.